The Cost

The Cost.

The post offers a historical view of a Black family’s alleged suffering under the weight of a racist NYPD and a judicial system that apparently does not (did not) work for Blacks. As a story based in fact, the post must be considered as compelling reading. Unfortunately, the author makes no attempt to analyze the complex relationship between law enforcement and the Black community. According to the recent CNN/ORC survey Americans are bitterly divided along racial lines over the question of race in the enforcement criminal laws and prosecution of violators. Are we as a society so afraid to ask why this divide really exists? This post asks the reader to conclude that Marilyn’s family’s suffering at the hands of the police and judicial system is due to the color of her skin. Are all of her family legal problems due solely to the fact that they are Black Americans? This does not seem to be statistically supportable. 

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and other like-minded progressive liberals frame today’s current debate over race in terms of understanding why Blacks feel the way they do. The mayor and others argue tailoring society’s workings to accommodate these sensitivities. Let’s ask ourselves a few questions; isn’t the NYPD a more multi-racial department than it was just a few years ago? Hasn’t the NYC criminal justice system become much more racially diverse over the years? As a life-long New Yorker and someone who has intimate knowledge of the judicial system I can honestly say that finding just White faces “in the system”  has become rare. 

Now, events are forcing liberals and Black activists to not only reexamine their alliance but to question each other’s moral authority to lead the debate over racism. Officers Liu and Ramos were gunned down this weekend while they sat in the patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant. No one can reasonably suggest that they were practicing racial profiling at the time of their deaths. Many commentators point out that the officers were not White but representatives of the NYPD’s racial and cultural diversification. The two officers lost their lives trying to stem Black on Black crime by providing a welcomed stepped-up police presence. 

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